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(26-34) Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns (18-42)
Date: Thursday March 2
Time: 9:00PM EST
Venue: Talking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix, Arizona
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Phoenix +3.5
NBA Betting Total: 218
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The Phoenix Suns play host to the Charlotte Hornets Thursday night, and while only one of them stands a shot at making the postseason, it’s Phoenix playing for lottery position and ping pong balls at this point in the process.
*All standings, statistics, rankings, records and trends are current as of this writing on Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
Charlotte began the 2016-17 seasons with hopes of fighting for home-court advantage in the postseason. Then, as it hit the ground running, many believed this squad had taken that next level to be — dare we say it — the biggest threat out East to the defending Cleveland Cavaliers.
Take that descriptor with a grain of salt, as we all know that nobody is really built to challenge the Cavs in the Eastern Conference. But with the title of next-best up for grabs, this team looked ready to stake their claim.
The problem is that not only is this team multiple steps behind any second-tier squad at this juncture, it’s not even in the playoff race.
Approximately 24 hours before this game tips off, Charlotte finds itself in 11th out East.
The team is only three games out of the eighth seed, which is a testament to how wide open the conference is. But it’s going to take a much stronger run during the season’s final stretch to overtake the teams ahead of them for the final playoff spot.
As bad as Charlotte has looked during certain stretches this season, few teams in the league can compete with the Phoenix Suns in terms of paltry play.
So far this season, the Suns are averaging 107.1 points per game. That number is good enough for 10th in the league, but it’s also deceptive.
That number comes almost exclusively from pace and not offensive efficiency.
Defensively, Phoenix is 29th in the league in terms of points per game allowed giving up 112.8 points per night.
The good news here is that, unlike Charlotte, there were no expectations to compete for the postseason entering the year. In fact, Phoenix has cemented itself firmly in the cellar of the conference with the worst record out West.
The Los Angeles Lakers are right them with that for that dishonorable honor, so with neither team having anything to fight for, it will be a race for last until the end of the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Hornets are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Hornets are 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
- Hornets are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Suns are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games.
- Suns are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
- Suns are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Phoenix Suns NBA Prediction:
The Hornets have been impossible to trust lately.
Then again, the Suns have been impossible to trust all season.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Charlotte -3.5
We’re giving this win to the Hornets, and don’t be shocked if the final margin approaches double digits against a Suns defnse that should help Charlotte get its groove back.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Charlotte Hornets 111- Phoenix Suns 103
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